About the pilot project
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Different energy scoring programs have been developed but they can be time-consuming and inadvertently expensive, making it difficult for homeowners and realtors to easily understand the efficiency of their properties.
To help realtors and homeowners understand possible energy efficiency improvements in homes faster, a digitized and automatic energy scoring approach that is integrated into the real estate process can be used to rapidly understand home energy efficiency.
That is why Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, with support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, and in partnership with software provider, Lightspark launched our Digital Residential Energy Labels pilot project in January 2022.
A home energy label shows how much energy a home uses (energy and carbon) and how that compares to similar homes. This label is like an appliance label on your fridge or a nutrition label on food. It gives homeowners and buyers a deeper understanding of a home’s efficiency that can help inform the buying or selling process.
Building on previous energy score programs, Alberta Ecotrust and Lightspark will be developing the first automatic, digital, home energy labelling program and are aiming to launch the Digital Home Energy Map publicly in Fall 2022.
This pilot project aims to
Display Digital Home Energy Labels
Display Digital Home Energy Labels on an interactive map so homebuyers and REALTORS® can easily compare the energy performance of different homes, understand the potential upgrades, and feel confident in their home purchase.
Enable REALTORS® to educate homeowners
Enable REALTORS® to educate homeowners on the energy efficiency of a home using the map. This will help REALTORS fully answer homebuyers questions about home efficiency so they can confidently send clients their dream listings.
Make the map easy for homeowners
Make the map easy for homeowners to view and update labels with recent energy-efficient upgrades so they can feel proud of their label and feel assured it is accurate.
Encourage homeowners to upgrade their homes
Encourage homeowners to upgrade their homes so that they can improve their health and comfort while enabling jobs for local contractors such as windows, insulation, HVAC installers, and electricians.
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About the Climate Innovation Fund
This project is possible with funding from Alberta Ecotrust's Climate Innovation Fund. The Climate Innovation Fund targets the major urban greenhouse gas emissions sources in Calgary and Edmonton.
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